Liverpool take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend and the clash will be live on talkSPORT 2.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season with last weekend’s 3-0 win over Leeds leaving them joint-top of the table with Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton.
That was followed by a dramatic 3-2 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League in midweek as Jordan Henderson fired in a spectacular winner from outside of the area.
The Reds face Crystal Palace who will also be brimming with confidence after beating Tottenham 3-0 at Selhurst Park last week.
Patrick Vieira’s Eagles were brilliant against Spurs but will need to find another level if they are to get anything from their trip to Anfield.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace: talkSPORT commentary
The Premier League clash is due to take place on Saturday, September 18 and will kick-off at 3pm.
Full coverage from Anfield will be live on talkSPORT 2 from 2.30pm.
Live commentary will come from Ian Danter and Perry Groves and to tune in, just click HERE.
We’ll also have all the action in our live blog that will run throughout the afternoon on the talkSPORT website.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace: Team news
Liverpool will be without Harvey Elliott, Roberto Firmino and Neco Williams for the visit of Palace.
Elliott has undergone surgery on the ankle injury picked up last week against Leeds, while Firmino and Williams also miss out with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.
Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane should return to the team after being rested against AC Milan.
Eberechi Eze remains sidelined for Crystal Palace, but Vieira has a number of key selection dilemmas to consider.
Odsonne Edouard was hugely impressive after coming off the bench against Tottenham and will surely be looking for a starting spot at Anfield.
Will Hughes and Michael Olise will also be hoping to push for a place in Vieira’s XI.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace: Match stats
- Liverpool have won their last eight Premier League games against Crystal Palace, scoring 24 goals and conceding just five.
- After winning three consecutive Premier League away games against Liverpool between 2014-15 and 2016-17, Crystal Palace have lost each of their last four visits to Anfield in the competition.
- Liverpool are on the longest current league unbeaten run in the top four tiers of English football, going 14 league games without defeat since a 1-0 home loss against Fulham in March (W11 D3).
- Crystal Palace earned their first Premier League win of the season against Tottenham last time out. So far under Patrick Vieira this term, the average starting place of the Eagles’ opponents in the Premier League has been 3rd, with Liverpool also starting the day of this match in third position in the table.
- Liverpool have had more shots than any other Premier League side this season (100). Their 30 attempts against Leeds last time out brought up their 100, making them just the second side since 2003-04 to have 100+ shots in their first four games of a season, after Chelsea in 2009-10 (109).
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mané has scored in each of his last eight Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace – no player has ever scored in nine consecutive games against a single opponent in the competition.
- Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League so far this season (20), with a league-high four of these also being big chances. He’s created at least five chances in each of his last three Premier League appearances – since 2003-04, only three players have ever done so in four or more consecutive appearances in the division: Mesut Özil (November 2015), Emiliano Buendía (December 2019) and Kevin De Bruyne (September 2020).
- Odsonne Édouard has been directly involved in 21 goals in his last 24 league appearances (17 goals, 4 assists), netting twice on his Crystal Palace debut last time out.
- Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has scored five goals in four Premier League games at Anfield as an opposing player, more than he did in 13 games at the ground when playing for the Reds (4). Only Andrew Cole (8) has ever scored more goals as a visiting player against Liverpool in the competition.
- Odsonne Édouard scored twice from the bench on his Premier League debut for Crystal Palace last time out. The only player to score in each of their first two Premier League appearances for the Eagles is Bakary Sako in August 2015.